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      19.07.2009 18:08

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      top quality must have album

      I got this album as a christmas present from my husband and i love it .It is my number one album that i have,it is packed with 19 love songs and on this album i have to say i love all 19 songs i could sit listening to it for hours i love it ,i always put it on even when i am doing my house work .sometimes when i am listening to it ,it makes me want to cry cause it brings back so many memories and these boys put so much emotion into all their songs and this touches my heart when ever i am listening to it.These boys have got a talent no doubt,very good voices and i am a number one fan.I love this album with all my heart ,keep it up boys good quality album packed with very good songs well done.To all those who like westlife and have never listened to this album i think this is a must have try it and i promise you will not regret it .keep it up boys.

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      09.03.2009 17:08
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      Westlife's second album

      *Introduction* This was the second album from Irish boyband Westlife. In terms of singles, it spawned a few including My Love, What Makes A Man and I Have A Dream (which was a double A-side single), Against All Odds (with Mariah Carey). *My Favourite Tracks* My Love This sets the tone for the rest of the album as it is a ballad. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album as it isn't as bland as some of the other ballads. In terms of vocals, Shane, Bryan and Mark take the lead in the verses. What Makes A Man This is my favourite track on the album and the one that I play the most. Again, it is a ballad but a very effective one. Ironically, it was one of the few early Westlife singles to miss out on reaching #1, as it was held off Christmas # 1 by none other than Bob The Builder. Shane and Mark are on lead vocals. I Lay My Love On You This takes the album in a slightly more up-tempo direction. I like this track and listen to it a lot. It is a nice change from the slow paced ballads that came before it and tend to dominate Westlife albums. When You're Looking Like That This is one of the most upbeat tracks on the album. The vocals are split between Shane, Mark and Bryan. Close Your Eyes This is another ballad. Shane seems to sing the majority of the lead vocals and ad libs over the top of the harmonies towards the end of the track. Fragile Heart This is yet another ballad, but this track does not have much in the way of a backing track. This allows the vocals to take centre stage as they build up towards the end. Every Little Thing You Do This is another fairly slow track on which Mark and Shane take most of the lead vocals. *Least Favourite Tracks* Dreams Come True This is one of the fastest tracks on the album, but it does not appeal to me much. I am not keen on the vocals on this track. You Make Me Feel This is I think the only track on which Kian and Nicky take over lead vocals. While this is a nice change-up, I find this track quite dull and will often skip it when it comes on. *Overall Verdict* As you might expect from a Westlife album, there are far more ballads and slow paced tracks than up-tempo tracks. At the time of buying this, I really liked the album as a whole but I've lost interest in many of the tracks (apart from the ones mentioned in this review) so my present rating of the album is lower than it would have been when I first bought it. Fans of the group will probably like this album as it quite typical Westlife.

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      17.11.2008 20:27
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      A strong album in my opinion

      After putting my CD's were I can actually see them I have started to re-listen to the majority of them. One band's albums I have particularly taken to 're-discovering' are Westlife's. Now before you shoot me down in flames I am well aware that Westlife aren't everyone's favourite band and their remakes of classic songs and on stage 'moves' don't exactly go down well with some people. Despite all of this I am definitely one of the people that find their music very easy to listen to and for the main part enjoyable. Their albums are easy to pick-up and I usually find that I like most of the songs on them. Maybe this is because they are a band that can actually sing and to be honest I don't think I can say that there is one Westlife song that I have truly detested. Westlife are an Irish pop band that were formed in 1998 with five members Shane, Bryan, Kian, Nicky and Mark. They were signed by Simon Cowell and are currently managed by Louis Walsh. Since their formation the bands music has greatly evolved and moved from teen pop to contempary adult music. In 2004 Bryan left the band to work on solo projects but despite rumours the rest of the band carried on performing and are still performing today. Together the boys have released - albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and gained 14 number one singles in the UK Their albums are; Westlife, Coast to Coast, World of Our Own, Unbreakable, Turnaround, Allow us to be Frank, Face to Face, The Love Album, and Back Home. It is their second and 5x platinum album Coast to Coast, which was released in 2000, which I will today be reviewing. Track list 1. My Love 2. What Makes a Man 3. I Lay My Love on You 4. I Have a Dream [Remix] 5. Against all Odds 6. When You're looking like that 7. Close 8. Somebody Needs You 9. Angel's Wings 10. Soledad 11. Puzzle Of My Heart 12. Dreams Come True 13. No Place That Far 14. Close Your Eye 15. You Make Me Feel 16. Loneliness Knows Me By Name 17. Fragile Heart 18. Every Little Thing You Do Now I really like this album and looking at it's platinum status so do a lot of other people too. Once again this is an album I can remember vividly listening to in my early years at secondary school and so has a lot of memories for me. Furthermore it is an album that my mum also likes and so is something that we have both listened to together quite a lot. All of this aside however I think the album is a very strong one. Now I know that when I normally review an album I usually just pick my top tracks and discuss them but this time I am going to tell you something about each song. My main reason for doing this is simply because I found it too difficult to choose my favourites. **TRACK 1 - My Love** Being famous for ballads the opening track on their album 'My Love' is of course a ballad. The music is quite subtle yet effective in my opinion and gives the boys the chance to showcase their voices very well. This track reached number 1 in the UK singles chart. 8/10 **TRACK 2 - What Makes a Man** This track is also another ballad and is one I really like. The music to begin with once again quite subtle in the form of a piano tune but does increase a little at the chorus with the introduction of some decent drumbeats. Unfortunately this track did not reach the number 1 slot for Christmas as it was beaten to the top spot by Bob the Builder's Can We Fix it. This however did mean that it was their first single not to reach number 1. 8/10 **TRACK 3 - I Lay my Love on You** This track was not released, as a single in the UK but is again another one of my favourite tracks on the album. The tempo of this track is a little quicker than the first two tracks but is again another ballad. The words to this song are also worth a mention as they are ones that always stick in my head. 7/10 **TRACK 4 - I Have a Dream [Remix]** This is quite possibly my favourite track on the album and I can say with a certain degree of certainty that it is a favourite of many other people. It is again a ballad track and the vocals are once again faultless in my opinion. It is however the words, which are so poignant and beautiful that really make this track stand out from the rest. "If you see the wonder, of a fairytale, you can take the future, even if you fail" 10/10 **TRACK 5 - Against all Odds** This track features the voice of Mariah Carey as well as those of the Westlife boys and was the first single released from the album. It shot straight to number 1 in the UK making Westlife the first act in the UK to have their first six singles go straight to number 1. In my opinion this is again a wonderful addition to the album. Mariah's voice really compliments those of the boys and gives the track that something special. Again the music is rather subtle but this simply makes it easier to hear the wonderful vocals. 9/10 **TRACK 6 - When You're looking like that** This track is much more up-tempo than the others on the album and so provides a welcome break to the ballads that have preceded it. The vocals are again strong and the words, unlike some up-tempo style tracks, make sense and tell a story. This song is another of my favourites on the album and is one that frequently plays when I'm at home. 10/10 **TRACK 7 - Close** Back to the ballad's with this track. Close however is of a much slower pace than some of the other ballads on the album and for this reason isn't one of my favourites. The vocals are decent but not the best that they could be in my opinion. 5/10 **TRACK 8 - Somebody Needs You** Another fast paced and up-tempo track. The vocals are back to their impeccable standard in this track and the music whilst not being as subtle as in some of the other tracks doesn't out-shine the vocal performances. 9/10 **TRACK 9 - Angel's Wings** Angel's Wings is another ballad track with very subtle backing music that should in theory showcase vocal talent. Unfortunately the vocals aren't as good as they can be although towards the middle of the song they do seem to improve. 6/10 **TRACK 10 - Soledad** Now I'm not sure why but this is a very strong contender for my favourite track on the album. The opening of the song has a different sound that makes the track stand out but after that it is a return to more subtle background music. The vocals however are fantastic and the harmonies perfectly tuned that they make you want to relax. Listening to the words closely the song is also one that has a lovely meaning. 10/10 **TRACK 11 - Puzzle Of My Heart** Puzzle of My Heart is another ballad track and is once again is another brilliant track. The changing vocal perspectives makes the song interesting to listen to and as in the last track the harmonies are very close to perfection. The words again tell a story that is easy to listen to and understand. 9/10 **TRACK 12 - Dreams Come True** Dreams Come True has a rather electronic sound to it that really seems to suit both the words and the vocals. The track is as you can imagine more up beat and fast paced than previous tracks with a strong beat and a more prominent sound. Being completely different to others on the album the track also stands out and is probably one of the tracks from this album that I play most frequently. 10/10 **TRACK 13 - No Place That Far** After the up-beat sound of the last track is was only natural that Westlife should return to their more natural sound for their next track. The beat however is much more prominent in this track than in some of their other ballads but once again the words tell a story that is made believable by the great vocals. 9/10 **TRACK 14 - Close Your Eye** Close Your Eyes is another ballad track that begins with a rather prominent beat that suggests the song is going to be more than it is. Saying this however the vocals are again strong and the track is easy to listen to. 7/10 **TRACK 15 - You Make Me Feel** This is one of the only tracks in which you hear solo vocals of both Nicky and Kian, proving that the pair has strong vocal talent. Their voice on their own however are a somewhat new sound, as they are quite distinctive and therefore make the track stand out. The harmonies are again very strong and the music soft yet effective once again. 9/10 **TRACK 16 - Loneliness Knows Me By Name** The second this track begins I immediately pulled in for some reason or another. The track seems to be a blend between one of their more famous ballads and their less famous up-beat tracks. The music is quite prominent but again doesn't overthrow the vocals of the boys themselves. Breaks in the background music also prove that the boys can sing and don't need background music to hide flaws. 9/10 **TRACK 17 - Fragile Heart** This song near enough starts without any background music and continues with are very limited backing track that shows off the vocal performances and is in my opinion quite effective. The words are again quite touching and the ballad style in which they are sung relaxing. 9/10 **TRACK 18 - Every Little Thing You Do** The last track on the album begins with the vocals of band member Mark and although I generally like his vocals they don't seem to work here. Once the main of the song begins however the performance is immediately much better and therefore becomes much better. Saying this however I think I would have chosen a different track personally on which to end the album. 7/10 Now I'm sure that if you've read this far you're fed up of reading song dissections but I'm afraid there is one more. What I here you say, there are only 18 songs on the album. Well in part that is true, there are only 18 songs listed on the album but if you leave it playing once the last song has finished it will quickly skip to track 30 where there is a bonus track. **BONUS TRACK** I'm not sure what this track is called to be perfectly honest but it is a very strong track in my opinion. The vocals are again very strong and the background music suits the words as well as the style in which the song is sung. You'll be pleased to know that once that track has ended then so has the album and therefore so has my review. The last thing I want to say however is that although some tracks on the album are weaker than others the album is still on the whole a very strong one and is certainly one that I would therefore highly recommend.

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        10.08.2001 23:36
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        This has to be the worst album I own, it has 18 songs and all bar one are crap. Sorry guys but you need to do better than this if you expect people to buy it. Ok so they aren't all bad but they are definately not my favourite band and nowhere near it. At least they have a few good songs on the album and they beat the Spice Girls quite a few times which must be a good thing, the goo ones are below along with some not so good ones. 1. My Love; This is one of the better ones on the Album, it went straight to number one when it was released beating off the likes of the Spice Girls. It has to be my favourite on the album. It has quite a catchy tune which does make it better. 2. What Makes A Man; I don't like this one, it is awful and even Bob The Builder beat it to the number one position at Christmas, that means that this song is either really bad or Bob the Builder is exellent, hmm! 3. I lay my love on you; Like 'My Love' this is one of the better ones on the album, I don't think it was released. If I listen to the album I listen to this one, it is a good track. 4. I have a dream; This is an ok song, it certainly isn't the best but at least it is ok. I wouldn't say that I enjoy listening to it but I can say that I don't hate it. 5. Against All Odds; This is a cover of the old Phil Collins song and they sung it with Mariah Carey, this is probably why it went straight to number one. I quite enjoy it and don't mind listening to it if it comes on the radio or i'm bored. Westlife have had a record breaking 7 number ones in a row in their career. This went into the record books, but unfortunatly Bob the Builder stopped them from getting eight or more number ones in a row. I don't like this album and would certainly not recommend it to potential buyers. It is a bit boring asides from a couple of songs. I am not a fan of Westlife and probably never wi ll be, and incase you're wondering how I came to have this album in the first place, I won it on a competiton. I hope this opinion has helped you make a desision.

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          14.06.2001 19:06
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          why?why why why do this hopeless band exist?lots of people will oppose this opinion i expect, but im sorry, the reasons for purchasing this album would seem non existent.a bunch of soppy, feminine sounding singing with poor , meaningless lyrics.sure thats gonna send me running out to the shops.i cant understnad the attraction of this band yet i understand many people are attracted to them.this band are not only depressing and pointless but ugly as well!not being one to judge on appearance usually but im just trying to understand what encourages people to but this strange brand of music which gives me migraines and makes me feel sulky.i would recommend anyone who reads this to save your money and go buy anything by deftones, soulfly, korn or marilyn manson.

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            21.05.2001 23:17
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            Coast to Coast is the follow up album to Westlife by Westlife. And once again another brilliant collection of tracks. This group of five Irish guys ( namely Bryan, mark, Kian, Nicky and Shane) have once again delighted myself and I am sure many others by the quality of this second album. The album contains eighteen tracks – some are covers of songs done by other artists in the past years. With out doubt I can say we have all heard one of these tracks before we purchased the album. The tracks MY LOVE , WHAT MAKES A MAN and AGAINST ALL ODDS ( featuring Mariah Carey) where all released before this super album hit our local music shop shelves. This a super album that will suit all tastes ( no matter what age you are ) – the entire album is very easy to listen to – it’s certainly one of those albums to listen to with the candles burning.

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              13.03.2001 15:11
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              Okay, well I'm a Westlife fan. Just clearing that up, because what you're about to hear may seem totally biased. Take into consideration that this IS my own opinion and i'm trying to be as unbiased as possible. You've gotta admit that: a) They're pretty good-looking. b) They're voices are above average. c) They're a classy and well gelled together act. A lot of you non-westlife fans probably bought the album admitting to your friends "It's for my little sister", or "I did it for a dare" but i'm sure you'd all have a different impression of the guys after you've listened to the album. It's a definite progression from their debut self-titled album, with less slow ballads and a few more up-tempo songs. I'm not sure if you'd call the 17 or so tracks 'fillers' and the quantity of tracks is supposed to make up for the quality of tracks. I wouldn't say so myself. I really like this album, there's some catchy tunes namely the UK number 1 "My Love", the Phil Collins remake "Against All Odds" and the single "I Lay My Love On You". It's a good job by the boys, they co-wrote some of the tracks and they definately display other talents other than their voices, with their songwriting, instrument playing and dance steps. I really don't think anyone has the right to call this boyband a try-hard clone of all the other boybands. Songs don't go to number one unless they have at least SOME credibility. And these guys have produced 8 number ones. 7 of which were consecutive. I'm not going to try and persuade you with facts and figures, I'm just going to tell you that this is a good album, by a good band and i'm sure that you'd get your money's worth if you bought it.

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                27.02.2001 00:15
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                Coast 2 Coast is the follow up album to their debut one. It's even better than the first one because there is faster music. To be quite honest though they are both 2 different albums. The second album ahs backstreet boys sound, rock and a few ballads, they even wrote one called Fragile Heart. The songs I love on the album are 'I Lay My Love On You' I think a future single, 'Dreams Come True', 'When You're Looking Like That','You Make Me Feel' and 'Somebody Needs You'. I also like 'Don't Get Me Wrong' the hidden track number 30. Westlife have had a lot of number ones and still are. The release singles on the album are 'Against all Odds' their song with Mariah Carey', 'I Have A Dream',and 'My Love'. I recently saw Westlife on tour and they sung excellent live with songs from both albums, they even changed costumes and danced, it was great.

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                  26.01.2001 15:23

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                  After my youngest daughter got the first Westlife Album for christmas i really did think that songs could not get much worse. Most of the songs appeared to be direct copies of 'oldies' and really had very little tune or beat to them. However this christmas she happened to get the second album - coast to coast - i think that people are trying to send me mad. she loves the CD and it is all she listens to but personally i think it is infinately worse that the first one! - i would really advise any parents not to let their kids near these CD's because otherwise they will probably be driven as crazy as i have been!!!!!

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                  13.01.2001 18:24
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                  The album Coast to Coast is truly amazing!Westlife have come up trumps with this offering of musical wizardrey. Such tracks as "What makes a man" & "Against all Odds" are brilliant and some of the best I have heard in a long time. The album is made up of extremley addictive tunes and heart wrenching lyrics which really make you want to hold your loved one. I have listened to this album over and over again and I never get tired of it, infact, it seems to just get better and better! I would recommend this album to those who are already fans of Westlife but also to those who have never heard of them as this is a type of music nearly everyone will enjoy, and continue to enjoy for a long time to come! I take my hat off to WestLife as they have really out done themselves with this musical offering.

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                    Westlife - Get A Life ... that is one of the boyband bashing lyrics on the new song by Boyzone's Shane and Keith. Poor old Westlife, the most successful band around and receiving an apparently endless stream of criticism. But are they really *that* bad ? Our intrepid reporter (that's me) set out to find out ... My seven year old daughter received the Westlife album 'Coast To Coast' for Christmas. I was pleased, as I like them too, although I'm not a huge fan. Westlife, for those of you that live in some remote island off the coast of nowhere - are five Irish lads - Mark (the tall brooding one), Shane (the small one), Kian (the best looking one, who's blond), Nicky (another blond) and Brian (erm, another blond !). It's also imperative if you are a *real* fan, that you'll know Brian is engaged to Kerry from Atomic Kitten (that's the one who looks like Emily in Brookside - gosh, it's tiring being trendy !!). They have had their first seven singles go straight into the charts at number one. Their eighth number one attempt was cruelly thwarted by that musical talent that is - Bob the Builder. Oh well, that's pop ! This album contains one of my favourite songs of the year - My Love, which I believe is a real quality song, almost a modern anthem - but my partner assures me it's just their usual slush and I'm disillusioned, because I fancy Kian ! Huh. It is very good value having a whopping great nineteen tracks on it (including a hidden one at the end), including their singles My Love, Against All Odds (the beautiful Phil Collins song sung with the appallingly vain Mariah Carey), I Have A Dream and their latest - What Makes A Man. After the first five tracks, I was thinking what an excellent album it was, then slushy love song followed slushy love song and I discovered that the rest of it is pretty samey really. My partner came into the room sev eral times throughout the album and was convinced I was playing the same song over and over ! It is a good album for pleasant background music though. A few wonderful tracks on it and the rest are inoffensive ballads. Enjoy.

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                      I'm going to be mobbed! I don't like Westlife, and I don't like their album! No doubt, I shall regret that with a huge influx of unhelpful ratings, but I just cannot compare the achievements of Westlife, with the achievements of the Beatles (again, not a band I particularly like, but do admire for their musical talent) whose record of seven number 1 hits in 20 months has been recently broken by Westlife. Until Westlife start writing all their own lyrics, and music, and play the instruments on their tracks, I'm afraid I cannot accept that this band compares to the likes of Enya, The Beatles, Kate Bush and so forth. Now I've that out of the way, I must admit the album offers good value for those pre-adolescent girls who spend their pocket money fervently on them. There is a generous 18 tracks on the CD, including the obvious hits My Love, Against All Odds, I Have A Dream (does anyone think this better than ABBAs original??), and no doubt the band will release another 10 tracks from the album in due course. The songs I'm afraid all sound much of a muchness, with a semi-upbeat rhythm keeping all of them sounding just enough of a dance track for those girls who like dancing, and just enough of a ballad for when they want to sigh over their posters in their bedroom. But I'll stick to my Kate Bush thanks. Westlife, watch out - those little girls will start fancying the next band with a bunch of blonde eighteen year old men in it soon. Track list: My love, What makes a man, I lay my love on you, I have a dream, Against all odds, When you're looking like that, Close, Somebody Needs You, Angel's Wings, Soledad, Puzzle of my heart, Dreams come true, No place that far, Close your eyes, You make me feel, Loneliness knows me by name, Fragile heart, Every little thing you do.

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                      One word: humdrum. If you’re into ballads and guys standing around in designer clothes looking like models then you’ll love this group. Westlife may be able to sing but what use is that if you can’t write your own material or play any instruments? The lads have tried to go for a more up-tempo sound with ‘When You’re Looking Like That’ and ‘Dreams Come True’ but to no avail. The entire 18-track album consists of cheesy love songs your grandmother would probably listen to. The only three in the group that actually sing are Mark, Bryan and Shane. If they ditched Kian and Nicky it wouldn’t have any effect on the tracks. I don’t think anyone would notice they’re gone either. Maybe they could do what 5ive did and replace a member with a cardboard cutout? This album, if you can call it that, is well suited for those 12-year-old teenyboppers who love 20-something year old men singing cover versions of ABBA classics in white suits. Buy it for the models, not the songs.

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                      Westlife were bottom of my Christmas card list when they beat the Spice girl's to number one with this epic long player, even when the Girl's have plummeted from the charts 'Coast to Coast' is still going strong, only being held from the top spot by the all time greatest boy band 'The Beatles'. So what magic have Bryan, Kian, Nicky, Shane and Mark conjured up for mass population of teenage girls across the country, well not to go far wrong from the winning formula of the first album 'Westlife', we have this time a mega feast of slushy ballads, up tempo ballads and pop ballads. Perfect for the average teenage girl but what would the average punter think, bunch of woossies probably, but on the first listen to 'Coast' I was delightfully impressed, it is an enjoyable experience, even the sheer price I paid for it! Tesco's £11.99 for 18 tracks, bargain don't you think? Then the surprise it has an extra hidden track! Not many CD's these days at £11.99 with 19 tracks on it is there! We here the sounds of ABBA and the delightful sounds of Mariah Carey on the classic 'Against All Odds' and the fantastic number one 'My Love', so let's have the run down of the epic that it is. My Love I have always loved this song ever since I first heard it, and I think it was a new direction for the Westlads even though it is still ballad but it really brings out the lad's voices and they all have a go at singing lead vocals. It starts of nice and slow with the dulcet tones and builds into a massive crescendo with all five of them. What Makes A Man There could be an obvious answer to this but I won't even go there!! This is Boyzone I swear it is!! It has the winning formula there, Shane singing lead vocals and working perfectly with Bryan, these guys make Westlife. But none the less it is a great ditty with meaningful lyrics. I Lay My Love On You This is fairly up-tempo for Westlife and shows that pop is something they can do! When it first starts of it sounds like a classic 'Beatles' tune, and has the same melody all the way through. You can see the guys doing their usual side-to-side dance; you know the one I mean. Has a great catchy chorus with a classic sixties feel to it! I Have A Dream Well this was the Chrimbo number 1 of last year and we all know this as the classic ABBA tune, and it is a decent cover in itself I am sure that ABBA would be happy with this attempt, even have the all singing children’s choir in the background, very well done, but will they get the number one this year? Against All Odds If anything was to help them make their mark in the US of A this was the way to do it, Mariah took a shining to the lads and invited them to record with her and this is the offering. A 'Phil Collins' tune from the 80's and recorded beautifully this time round, Mariah is a star in her own homeland and this will surely get the lads spotted in America, my favourite from the album by far. When You're Looking At Me Like That After a non stop fest of classic ballads I thought why on earth am I still living, as I was quickly back to earth with the great up beat tune that this, starts of totally unlike any Westlad's song, it proves that yes Westlife can do more than ballads, this is a great little pop song that brings you to another dimension of Westlife's talent just a pity there was not much more of it on this album. Close This starts of like 'Flying Without Wings' and has us quickly back to 'land ballad', and continues like 'Wings' but does not have the same strong vocals but just as good!! Warbling on about how they have never been so 'Close' but close to what we will never know? Somebody Needs You This is another up-tempo ballad but is a bit pitiful for the lads and is not that unlike a first Boyzone hit called 'So Good' a non-starter for me! Angel's Wings I like this one a lot, it has very haunting vocals and is very soft on the ears with beautiful lyrics and lovely string arrangements, starts of with just one of the lads singing most of the way through, not sure which one though? Then by the end Mark takes control his vocals are unmistakable and there are even some female singers in the background has a very gospel feel to it hence the angels part I guess, this is great! Soledad Think sunny blue skies, Spanish guitars drinking Sangria and falling in love, and you will visualise your long last holiday romance. This is a lovely Spanish heart breaker with fantastic lyrics even made the little hairs on my neck, arms, legs and back stand it is lovely. Puzzle Of My Heart Exactly what this is, a puzzle! Why on earth is this here it is very weak and very non-committal and a skipper if you ask me? Not exactly the lads best work zzzz… Dreams Come True This brings us back to pop and it seems like everyone is jumping on the bandwagon of America's greatest boy band BSB, they are an influence on every ones music these days! But this still has the classic Westlife trade marks all over. It has a funky baseline that will get anyone up and groovin’ at a party. No Place That Far This is another sensational balled I have often found myself rewinding this one again and again the lyrics are just great, and it is the winning combination of Shane and Mark. The chorus is excellent and has the guys crooning about how far they would go to reach their loved one’s! How sweet is that, they will swim, climb, run or fly just to get to where you are? Close Your Eyes Takes a while for this one to get started but once it does it is a goody, although they talk about fighting and breaking up, you just need to close your eyes and look to your heart that’s where they will be! If only girls huh! Again this is Shane taking the lead vocals, then the massive chorus with all five joining in and coming to the massive finale beautiful, this will never be to far from the top of my list of favourites on this album. You Make Me Feel Slowing things right down now, with one of the other guys taking lead but sorry not to sure which one? This has a beautiful arrangement of acoustic guitars and strings. The lyrics are beautiful and this has an very heavy influence of Ronan in there somewhere, it is short but it is so sweet. Loneliness Knows Be By Name Do you really think these guys know loneliness all that well that it knows them by name? I hope not. This is great but is a bit like ‘What Makes A Man’. Has a fantastic chorus and excellent lyrics and again back to the winning formula. This sounds typically Irish, Shane leads all the rest join in for chorus, well if it works use it, even if it is to death each song does seem to have it’s unique character. Fragile Heart Okay now I am almost at the end and I am still thoroughly enjoying myself, I think it is the sheer joy of hearing the lovely soft vocals of these guys; the word Angels springs to mind. This again is another ballad but is totally new, it is slow and soft and has Shane singing solo almost all of the song, and it is sheer class. Mark joins in at the end and again proves he has powerful vocals that leave the rest of the guys far behind. Every Little Thing You Do Guess what last listed track and yes another ballad, and this time it is Mark on lead vocals and again all the guys joining in on the thunderous chorus. Every little thing you do is what they want from you. Shane helps out on lead with this one (what’s new?) but I am pleased to say that after all eighteen tracks I am glad to say I have really enjoyed my self, and now fins myself singing along to all of these ditties, they are all special in their own way. Hidden Track This is a delight when you get to the end of the album leaving it playing and on pops this song. I would say it was called Don’t Get Wrong, and that is right do not get me wrong this is great. I love the way the chorus seems to chase line after line, the guys work very well together on this one well they always do but this one is even better. Time after time they have been denying their love but now they want you to know that they want you to be part of their life. IF ONLY!! So the second offering from the Westlad’s has enough tracks on it to fill another long player and sees them scoring another massive selling album surely to be in many Chrimbo stockings this year, and I don’t think it will just be teenage girls either. There is a winning formula here that will have men and women all over the nation declaring their love to each other through this album.

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                        Evidently the Spice Girls are not working hard enough. While they're at home taking care of babies, husbands and ex-husbands, the Westlife boys are going around the world promoting their new album. After the success of their first album, breaking the record with 5 No.1 singles, Westlife has yet to show variety in their music. There is not very much that distinguishes one boy band album from another. Coast To Coast consists of soppy love ballads with Mark and Shane, the only 2 of the group who can actually sing, crooning mushy words. Their first single, My Love, has already a love theme. Some of the other soppy tunes are I Lay My Love On You (their next release), Somebody Needs You, Puzzle Of My Heart and Fragile Heart. There are about 10 other lovey-dovey tunes in there. Considering Singaporeans' favouritism towards love ballads, I have no doubt that this album will shoot straight up the charts. It's absolutely crawling with love and romance. I will give them credit for getting pop diva Mariah Carey to sing with them for one track of the album. But I will most defiantly not give them credit that they took the song from Phil Collins. What a disgrace to the all time classic, Against All Odds.

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                      Disc #1 Tracklisting
                      1 My Love
                      2 What Makes A Man
                      3 I Lay My Love On You
                      4 I Have A Dream
                      5 Against All Odds (feat Mariah Carey)
                      6 When You're Looking Like That
                      7 Close
                      8 Somebody Needs You
                      9 Angel's Wings
                      10 Soledad
                      11 Puzzle Of My Heart
                      12 Dreams Come True
                      13 No Place That Far
                      14 Close Your Eyes
                      15 You Make Me Feel
                      16 Loneliness Knows Me By Name
                      17 Fragile Heart
                      18 Every Little Thing You Do
                      19 Don't Get Me Wrong